March 15, 2017

Enjoy the Salt Life at The Preserve at Tidewater!

The Preserve at Tidewater has a lot to offer our residents. Whether you’re a couple of newlyweds just starting out, a military family searching for some peace and quiet, or snowbirds retiring to the Carolina coast, we’ve got something for everyone! And while most people are drawn to our community because of our beautiful floor plans and our convenient location, others have one goal: living the salt life!

What is the salt life? Most people associate it with bumper stickers and t-shirts. In reality, it’s simply a way to profess your love for the ocean and the lifestyle it offers, whether that means boating, surfing, or sunbathing. Because the Preserve at Tidewater is located near marshes, with easy access to both the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, it’s the perfect place to embrace the salt life. Below are just a few ways our residents make the most of our prime location.  


Topsail Beach, located just five miles from the Preserve at Tidewater, is a surfer’s dream. A small coastal community on Topsail Island, the warm waters make it a great place for surfers from beginner to advanced. There are plenty of surf shops to choose from, including 50 South Surf Shop, Spinnaker Surf Shop, and On Shore Surf Shop. If you don’t know how to surf and want to learn, you can enroll in a surf school, such as Surf City Surf School. Basically, if you’re even a tiny bit interested in surfing, you’ll be riding gnarly waves in no time! 


SUP, which is short for stand-up paddle boarding, is a fun and relaxing way to explore the water and rivers around the Preserve at Tidewater. It’s also a full body workout that isn’t very complicated—most people can master the basic skills in a morning. And if you do lose your balance, you’ll fall in the water, which is actually pretty nice!  If you don’t own a paddleboard, you can rent one from Paddle NC, which has four different locations along the North Carolina coast, including nearby Swansboro. One of the best SUP trips is the journey from Hammocks Beach State Park to Bear Island—we highly recommend checking it out!


If the idea of boards makes you, well, bored, never fear! Another great way to experience the salt life is by kayak. Kayaks allow you to explore far off places, mostly because you can bring more gear along. Camping on the coast is a great activity to do by kayak! Even if you just want to go out for the day, a kayak is a wonderful way to find secluded slices of paradise and get a great upper body workout while you’re at it. Check out Topsail Boat Rental for the gear you need, and Onslow County Tourism for information about guided canoe and kayak tours.

If you wish you could live the salt life every day, we have great news: you can! Just take a few minutes to browse the homes at the Preserve at Tidewater, schedule an appointment to visit our community, and stock up on sunblock—you’ll need it!